Palm "Wearing Down" on Racquet Hand

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  1. ttocs013

    ttocs013 New User

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    I'm looking for anyone who may have had this problem before and how you dealt with it.

    I recently upgraded my stick for the first time, switching from a Head Flexpoint to the Babolat Aerodrive 2013. I've played for 7 years with the Flexpoint with some weeks of 5-6 days a week without ever having this problem.

    I love this new stick, but now when I play for any extended amount of time (including sometimes just a one 3-set match) the skin on my racquet palm seems to just wear down completely until eventually I'm feeling extreme pain from the skin just completely coming off. I use two overgrips (I've tried different brands) over the main grip but this keeps happening. I've used some liquid bandage to try to help but it only slightly helps. I've tried bandaging my palm but this either comes off or limits the movement in my joints (which hinders feel).

    This has persisted for months now. Anyone have ANY ideas? I'll try anything.
     
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  2. ollinger

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    You've gone from a flexy stick to a very stiff one, might be holding it less firmly without realizing it to lessen the shock. Go back to a flexier stick.
     
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  3. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

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    Pallet shape of the handle differs among the different manufacturers.

    Have you tried going back to the Head Flexpoint and seeing if your problem goes away?

    If it does, would you consider updating to one of Head's newer frames?


    Another thought: the two overgrips may be making the handle even bigger - and that is what is causing your problem.

    Have you considered removing the Aerodrive grip and replacing it with a very thin leather grip, or even just using two overgrips.
    [The problem here is you are going to make a stiff frame even more jarring on you arm.]


    A final though: some players actually file the pallet on their grip to change the shape - no experience in this - perhaps others will comment.
     
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  4. ttocs013

    ttocs013 New User

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    I don't want to go back to the Flexpoint but I will if this problem persist.

    I will give the above a shot and see what happens. I have never had arm issues from tennis (including from this new stick which I've used for 3 months) so I'm not to worried about that.
     
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  5. SwankPeRFection

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    The other possibility and it'll be hard for you to understand is that the grip is now too soft. Between the soft stock grip and two overgrips, there might just be to much cushion. Your skin shouldn't be peeling away like that. If anything, you should already have had some calluses on that hand anyway from play tennis a lot before. The heal of your palm should be build up to keep this problem from happening. If it's not, then you need to probably switch grips to something that will help with this.
     
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